The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 6

Runaway Kid

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 07, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A lesson to Opie about keeping one's promises quickly backfires on Andy.

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  • The Runaway Kid goes nowhere

    This episode, for me, had no real point or message. It's all been done before. Child leaves homes, sheriff figures out a way to get him to go home, and said child happily returns to his parents. Ho-Hum. Although Opie IS cute in this episode, there just isn't any spark or real humor. Even Barney is not fully utilized--except for one mildly amusing scene on the porch when he is looking for the runaway kid and says hello to him without even realizing it's him. Could have been so much better!moreless
  • Opie learns early that if he makes a promise to someone he should not break his promises under no sircumstance only later he is told that only applys som of the time when he makes friends with a runaway child.moreless

    Opie and his friends play a trick on Andy by pushing his squad car in front of a fire hydrant, how these little kids did this is a little out their though, which in turn has Barney be the fine law abiding deputy he is and give Andy a citation for breaking the law. After Andy goes out to move the car is when Opie informs him of what happened only to be told by Andy to never break any promises he makes. Then when an eight year old boy runs away Andy tells Opie he should break his promise to Tex and tell Andy where the boy came from so they can call his parents to inform them of his whereabouts. Opie declines to do so. Barney gets a phone call about the runaway and Andy proceeds to twist stories to the children and thus they decide its best to return home. A very good lesson learned in a way to deal with a child's misinformed mind without the screaming and holloring.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Andy: Dadburn it, I'm the sheriff and I'm bound and determined to do my duty!
      Barney: Where you going?
      Andy: Home to get permission from my son to do it!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode represents a common theme in the The Andy Griffith Show - having to break or bend the rules sometimes in order to achieve a greater good. Andy is often at odds with Barney because of this very thing, Barney wanting to go by the book and Andy choosing instead to go by the heart. Andy must convince Opie to do what is morally right even though, in order to do it, he must break the rules. In a later episode, Andy on Trial, Barney would convey this ideal in one of the shows truly great moments.